By Staff Writer – The Survival Place Blog
If you ever stop to think about how prepared you are for a sudden survival situation, do you feel
a little worried? There are so many things that we could all be doing to try and prepare better for
those situations – and the more likely they become, the more important this is. There is plenty of
debate surrounding what is and is not essential as a survival skill, but one that nobody can
argue with is having the ability to find food – for yourself, for your family, or anyone you care for.
In this article, we are going to look at some of the major things you can do now to improve your
ability to find food, no matter what the situation brings.
Despite what else might or might not happen, foraging is always going to be a hugely important
skill to have. Even if you find yourself without tools and stuck in the middle of nowhere, being
able to forage at least a little could mean the difference between life and death. What’s more,
foraging successfully might not even be as hard as you might think. In general, it can easily be
done just by following some basic rules of thumb. Let’s have a look at some of those now, to
give you a better idea of how to forage properly.
First of all, it is important to make sure that you never just jump right into eating something that
you have not absolutely, one hundred percent positively identified. This could lead to poison,
possibly death. Instead, you should carry out a series of checks to ensure that whatever you
have found is safe to eat. First rub a small part of it on the skin somewhere, ideally the back of
the hand. Then wait a few hours and see if it causes any problems such as itching or swelling. If
it does not, try rubbing a small part against the lips and again waiting to see if anything happens.
If you are still fine, you can try eating a small part and waiting a day to see if it does anything.
This, however, is all a last resort attempt – in general ou sound only eat something when you
know what it is. If in doubt, leave it out.
That being said, most habitats are full of vegetation which you can readily eat, so long as you
know how to identify it. This kind of information varies hugely depending on where you might
end up, but there are certain things which you can almost always find to eat in the wild. It is
worth researching this stuff early on, and possibly treating yourself to a good handbook or two
as well. You should also be sure to pick your food from the right locations – in other words, not a
polluted stream or a nuclear landfill. Learn the seasonal changes and what you should and
should not eat. If you are clever about it, one day you could use your foraging skills to literally
keep your family alive – so it is worth learning the essentials now while you can.
Hopefully, if anything happens you will still be able to find the opportunity to go fishing, as this
can be a great way to get food in when you are trying to survive in the wild. If you were to only
forage, it would be hard to get all the nutrients and minerals you need. But if you can
successfully catch fish too, then you will be able to get your protein and irons as well.
Fortunately, it is relatively easy to learn how to fish, and you don’t even need much to do it. In
most cases, you could cast a crude rod out in the wild – but if you have the chance, it will
definitely be preferable to try and get together a fishing kit now which you can try to hold on to in
the future if possible. Let’s take a look at some of the things that you might want to aim to have
in such a fishing kit.
For a start, you will obviously want some kind of a rod or spear in order to be able to catch fish.
But you might also want to take this opportunity to treat yourself to some more high-tech fishing
equipment, to make it as easy as possible for yourself in the future. It might be worth looking at
some HawkEye Boating & Fishing Electronics to see if you could benefit from fish finding
technology, for instance, as it is always a good idea to try and make things as easy for yourself
as possible. With the ability to fish, you will be able to find food much more easily in a survival
situation, and that will mean that you won’t have to worry quite so much about surviving.
As well as fishing, there might be times when you actually need to hunt land animals too. There
is of course plenty of debate about whether human beings actually need to eat meat at all. But if
you are in a survival situation you will probably find that being able to find meat will provide you
with plenty of sustenance in a short space of time, and as such it can be particularly good to be
able to hunt for meat when necessary. If you are not sure where to get started on this, the first
thing to bear in mind is that when it comes to it, you will instinctively find that you are able to do
it – as long as you are hungry enough, of course. But it is a good idea to make sure that you are
prepared in some way for what hunting entails. You should spend some time practising with
basic tools in places where it is safe to do so, and prepare yourself mentally if possible as well.
As long as you know how to hunt, you will always be able to find food when you really need to.